Beinn Chuirn


Beinn Chuirn

Beinn Chuirn is a Corbett to the north-east of Ben Lui, and is best climbed from either Tyndrum Lower station or Dalrigh. The track up Glen Cononish is followed past the Cononish Gold Mine, before a route is truck up the hillside – be sure to stay well away, and on the south side of, the Eas Anie waterfall, at this point. Do not cross the burn until you are safely above the waterfall and it is safe to do so. A route can then be struck up the south-eastern ridge of Beinn Chuirn to its summit at 880 metres. To return, retrace your steps, again being careful of the waterfall.

An alternative, but less interesting, route leaves the A85 road to the northern side of the mountain, in Glen Lochy. An additional problem with this route is getting across the railway line and River Lochy.

Safety first

These mountains may not have the height of Alpine peaks, but you should not underestimate them or the very changeable weather they are subjected to.  It is not unheard of to have warm sunshine, rain, snow and fog all on the same day – even in the Summer!

You must be prepared for the terrain and for these weather changes.  You should only climb in sturdy hiking or climbing boots, and you must take waterproofs and emergency supplies.  Also take plenty of food and water – it is generally safe to drink from mountain streams, which are usually very clean, but you do so at your own risk.  A map, compass, and proficiency in their use, are a necessity.

Always check the mountain weather forecast before you head into the hills, and if it is winter or there has  been any snow falling or forecast, you should also check the avalanche forecast.  The area is served by an excellent mountain rescue team, but it is your responsibility to ensure you minimise the chances of an emergency which endangers their lives too.

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